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LilyBelle Photography

Steger , IL
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Steger, IL 60475 US (map)

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708-808-0813

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ABOUT US

My name is Christina Ragusin and I am the independant owner and principal photographer of LilyBelle Photography (formerly Bella Photography Studio), based in the Chicagoland area. I... Read more
My name is Christina Ragusin and I am the independant owner and principal photographer of LilyBelle Photography (formerly Bella Photography Studio), based in the Chicagoland area. I offer wedding photography as well as portrait photography for families, maternity, kids, babies, etc. My style leans heavily toward the photojournalistic side. I love studio portrait photography as well, but I tend to do my best work when I am capturing life as it is being played out. I love to anticipate expressions and actions and bring them from life to memory. We are very visual creatures and without photographs, memories will fade without being given the chance for recollection. So, that is my goal in life; to capture the memories of life for the recollection of generations to come. If you would like to view my portfolio, my blog, see my available dates, or more information, please visit my website, www.lilybellephoto.com. Thank you! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
For no extra charge, I offer black and white, sepia tone, and black and white with color splashed in to pictures. I usually tend to do a handful of pictures and include them in the final proofs, but if you want me to do a certain picture, I'd be happy to oblige.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I have experience with most lighting situations. Living in Chicago, you almost have to. I have shot weddings in candle lit rooms, in perfect lighting situtations and under tungsten and flourecent lights. On bright sunny days and overcast days. Each one has their pros and cons, but I've overcome some of the worst lighting situations and the pictures have turned out great.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I work with digital media.
How many photographers do you work with?
I am the principal photographer and I have a second photographer who comes along if she is hired.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes I do.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No, I have never booked two weddings in one day. I have booked two weddings in one weekend before.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have two replacement photographers. They both know the dates of my booked weddings and they know they are expected to jump in should anything happen to me or my family. They are both professional photographers and they both have the same sense of style as I do.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring my both my Canon EOS 50D & my Canon EOS 40D, three high end lenses, two bounce flashes, and battery pack. I do not bring a studio set up (background, overhead lights) because I am not a portrait photographer and it takes away from the actual event.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, I have an entire back up camera with lenses and flash should my camera malfunction.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I charge full day. Some of the best shots I have gotten have been when the bride is getting ready, or when the reception is winding down. This is the bride and groom's day, and I want them to have memories of it all.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I take one major break during dinner at the reception and during the dancing at the reception, I may slip out to call my husband or my babysitter.
Do you charge for travel?
Not unless it is over 100 miles one way.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Typically 3-4 weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Initial proofs are online on a password protected website for the couple and the wedding guests to view. After that, the couple will be given a proofbook and a CD with all of their pictures.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
The proofbook and CD are theirs to keep.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I retain the copyrights, but I also give full copyright privlages to the bride and groom with their CD - low and high resolution.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, each bride and groom will be given digital files of their wedding. The first few packages it is in low resolution, and the last few packages, it is in high resolution. The high resolution CD is also available for purchase.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer leather bound and clear coat panoramic image covers, flush mount, flat lay albums in many colors. They are available in 12x12 and 8x8. I also offer coffee table albums, companion albums, guest books and soft cover books.
When will the client get the final album?
After you submit your picture choices for your album, within 10 days, you will view the album spreads online. Once you approve the design, you should recieve your album in about 7-14 business days.

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Melissa
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
The most awesome photographer ever! She has awesome package deals that are worth the money! She is professional, organized and will get the job done! She took all the pictures we wanted and then some...She lives in Steger IL but came to us for our consultation (we live in Joliet IL-45 mins away) with all of her book samples etc.....She also came to out by us for our engagement photos....You get quality time, photos and product (books, magnets etc) for your money! Christina is the owner and is serious about her work, but she is personable, funny and a hard worker.....You won't be sorry!
The most awesome photographer ever! She has awesome package deals that are worth the money! She is professional, organized Read more...
The most awesome photographer ever! She has awesome package deals that are worth the money! She is professional, organized and will get the job done! She took all the pictures we wanted and then some...She lives in Steger IL but came to us for our consultation (we live in Joliet IL-45 mins away) with all of her book samples etc.....She also came to out by us for our engagement photos....You get quality time, photos and product (books, magnets etc) for your money! Christina is the owner and is serious about her work, but she is personable, funny and a hard worker.....You won't be sorry! Read less
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MZinger
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Christina did an excellent job! She was very professional, but at the same time made me and the rest of the bridal party feel very comfortable!! When my husband and I took engagement pictures, she made it lots of fun and my husband even ended up saying it felt more like a date than a engagement photo session :) Her photos turned out GREAT and I had so many compliments on how great the pictures turned out! The day of the wedding she was very flexible and used suggestions from the bridal party about different pictures to take and she made the whole day lots of fun for everyone! I would highly recommend her to any bride!
Christina did an excellent job! She was very professional, but at the same time made me and the rest of the bridal party Read more...
Christina did an excellent job! She was very professional, but at the same time made me and the rest of the bridal party feel very comfortable!! When my husband and I took engagement pictures, she made it lots of fun and my husband even ended up saying it felt more like a date than a engagement photo session :) Her photos turned out GREAT and I had so many compliments on how great the pictures turned out! The day of the wedding she was very flexible and used suggestions from the bridal party about different pictures to take and she made the whole day lots of fun for everyone! I would highly recommend her to any bride! Read less
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Kaytee
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Christina is an awesome photographer who I highly recommend for any occasion. She is very easy to work with, and takes AMAZING pictures.
Christina is an awesome photographer who I highly recommend for any occasion. She is very easy to work with, and takes Read more...
Christina is an awesome photographer who I highly recommend for any occasion. She is very easy to work with, and takes AMAZING pictures. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Wow! Just look at her site for a sample of the amazing photos Christina does! My husband & I were over the top satisfied with the very personalized service provided. She even went the extra mile and got onto Skype to chat with us as we planned our wedding from over seas!! You will not be disappointed.
Wow! Just look at her site for a sample of the amazing photos Christina does! My husband & I were over the top satisfied Read more...
Wow! Just look at her site for a sample of the amazing photos Christina does! My husband & I were over the top satisfied with the very personalized service provided. She even went the extra mile and got onto Skype to chat with us as we planned our wedding from over seas!! You will not be disappointed. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Wow, is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Christina!! She captured the most precious moments on the day of our wedding. Me and my Husband love every single picture. She did such a great job, not only where her pictures amazing but she is so easy to work with!! I loved that the day of the wedding she had so many cute tricks to help out with little details, like showing my Maid of Honor a trick on how to fluff my train. Little things that I would have never thought of that just made everything better. I couldn't of asked for a better photographer, and look forward to using her again in the future for other big events.
Wow, is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Christina!! She captured the most precious moments on the day Read more...
Wow, is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Christina!! She captured the most precious moments on the day of our wedding. Me and my Husband love every single picture. She did such a great job, not only where her pictures amazing but she is so easy to work with!! I loved that the day of the wedding she had so many cute tricks to help out with little details, like showing my Maid of Honor a trick on how to fluff my train. Little things that I would have never thought of that just made everything better. I couldn't of asked for a better photographer, and look forward to using her again in the future for other big events. Read less
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krosczyk
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Christina did an AMAZING job on our wedding photos - we couldn't be happier! We had a hard time finding a photographer when we first started planning the wedding, but Christina put us at ease immediately and we knew we wouldn't have to worry about photography from that point on. On the big day, she stayed with us the whole time and really captured the entire event. We've recevied many compliments from family and friends on quality of the pictures and how she always seemed to be in the right place when something memorable was happening! We're so lucky to have found her - we'll definitely be calling her again when it's time for baby photos! Thank you Christina!!
Christina did an AMAZING job on our wedding photos - we couldn't be happier! We had a hard time finding a photographer Read more...
Christina did an AMAZING job on our wedding photos - we couldn't be happier! We had a hard time finding a photographer when we first started planning the wedding, but Christina put us at ease immediately and we knew we wouldn't have to worry about photography from that point on. On the big day, she stayed with us the whole time and really captured the entire event. We've recevied many compliments from family and friends on quality of the pictures and how she always seemed to be in the right place when something memorable was happening! We're so lucky to have found her - we'll definitely be calling her again when it's time for baby photos! Thank you Christina!! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/10/2008
5.0/5.0
Christina did a FABULOUS job with my wedding photos! She had so many great ideas and produced some of the best pictures I have ever seen!!! The best part about her was her patience! Being a bride on your wedding day is not exactly a walk in the park...she never became discouraged or annoyed with the chaos! I would most definitely recommend Bella Photography to all future brides.
Christina did a FABULOUS job with my wedding photos! She had so many great ideas and produced some of the best pictures I Read more...
Christina did a FABULOUS job with my wedding photos! She had so many great ideas and produced some of the best pictures I have ever seen!!! The best part about her was her patience! Being a bride on your wedding day is not exactly a walk in the park...she never became discouraged or annoyed with the chaos! I would most definitely recommend Bella Photography to all future brides. Read less
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mlc
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
Christina was wonderful--she listened to what we wanted and then some!!! We were so happy with the end result and have received many compliments from friends and family who have seen the photos!
Christina was wonderful--she listened to what we wanted and then some!!! We were so happy with the end result and have Read more...
Christina was wonderful--she listened to what we wanted and then some!!! We were so happy with the end result and have received many compliments from friends and family who have seen the photos! Read less
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elfoz
Wedding:
7/19/2008
5.0/5.0
After months of looking for a photographer we could afford, I was so excited to find Christina. Any time I had any questions she was quick to respond. It was important to us to be able to get copyright to our pictures, and I was amazed at how little she charged for the CD. The day of the wedding she was with me the whole day, until almost midnight, taking pictures. I can't thank her enough.
After months of looking for a photographer we could afford, I was so excited to find Christina. Any time I had any Read more...
After months of looking for a photographer we could afford, I was so excited to find Christina. Any time I had any questions she was quick to respond. It was important to us to be able to get copyright to our pictures, and I was amazed at how little she charged for the CD. The day of the wedding she was with me the whole day, until almost midnight, taking pictures. I can't thank her enough. Read less
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bowden08
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.8/5.0
Excellent quality and fantastic work!
Excellent quality and fantastic work!
Excellent quality and fantastic work! Read less
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